HONOLULU (KHNL) - State Senator Gary Hooser and State Senate President Colleen Hanabusa have both issued statements Monday afternoon questioning the seriousness of the response to racially charged comments made by KSSK's Larry Price on Friday.
Senator Hooser said:
"While I have not heard from Mr. Price directly, I understand that he issued an apology for last week's remarks on his radio show this morning. As much as I personally appreciate his effort to address his inappropriate and offensive statements, it is clear from statements that continue to be made on the show that the management and owners of KSSK still do not understand the seriousness of the matter.
"Radio station KSSK and Clear Channel Communications have an obligation to their listeners and all of the people of Hawai'i to acknowledge that the views expressed last Friday are inappropriate and unacceptable in our community. I remain hopeful that they will eventually address this matter in a way that is meaningful and supportive of our shared values."
Hanabusa issued this statement:
"The Senate Leadership, like many in Hawai'i, are deeply concerned with the tenor and content of the statements made by radio personality Larry Price on his program last Friday. His questioning of Senate Majority Leader Gary Hooser's integrity based upon the color of the senator's eyes or the location of his birth was offensive not only to those of us who work with Senator Hooser on a daily basis, but also to everyone in Hawai'i who lives by our community's standards of openness and acceptance.
"We are confident that every member of the Senate, whatever his or her personal history or political philosophy, brings to the job the honesty and integrity that the people of Hawai'i have a right to expect. We focus not on the color of our members' eyes, but the content of their character. We hope everyone in our community applies the same standard.